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A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee

When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers.A Sense of Where You Are, McPhees first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradleys magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himselfhis self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senatea story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics. John McPheeis the author of more than 25 books, includingAnnals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer atThe New Yorkersince 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPheesEncounters with the ArchdruidandThe Curve of Binding Energywere both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers.A Sense of Where You Are, McPhees first book, is a profile of Bradley in the days when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is also a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradleys magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himselfhis self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senatea story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics. After watching Bradley play several times, even when he was eighteen, it seemed to me that I had been watching all the possibilities of the game that I had ever imagined, and then some. His play was integral. There was nothing missing. He not only worked hard on defense, for example, he worked hard on defense when the other team was hopelessly beaten. He did all kinds of things he didnt have to do simply because those were the dimensions of the game.fromA Sense of Where You Are Immensely well-written, inspiring without being preachy, and contains as well the clearest analyses of Bradleys moves, fakes, and shots that have appeared in print.Rex Lardner,The New York Times Book Review

Author: John McPhee

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 240

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1999-06-30

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